However, accreditation is a mandatory criterion for practices wishing to participate in the Practice Incentives Program (PIP), or wanting to become a training provider in the Australian General Practice Training Program.
This Scheme is the work of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission), and aligns GP accreditation to the Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation Scheme. The NGPA Scheme provides greater choice for practices seeking accreditation, improves support programs for implementation of accreditation and, in the future, will allow for the collection and reporting of accreditation performance data to allow practices to benchmark themselves.
The Standards were developed with the purpose of protecting patients from harm by improving the quality and safety of health care. The Standards support general practices in identifying and addressing gaps in their systems and processes.
Practices seeking accreditation against the Standards for general practices need to meet three core criteria: